Well folks, it looks like the curtain is finally being drawn shut on the PS2. According to Famitsu Sony will no longer be shipping any new consoles to Japanese retailers. That’s pretty impressive when you consider the fact that its successor, the PS3 was released 6 years ago.
I didn’t know the PS2 as intimately as I did the GameCube, seeing that I got the GameCube in 2001 and the PS2 in 2006. But there’s no doubt that the PS2 was the winner of that generation, as in its nearly 13 years of existence over 150 million PS2’s were sold. That’s more than its 2 competitors (the GameCube and Xbox) and even its successor combined!
At this time it appears that the console’s demise is only taking place in Japan for the time being. No other plans to stop shipping the console to other regions around the world have been announced. At this point, however, it’s only a matter of time before that happens.